SugarHouse Money To Be Doled Out

City pols, including Mayor Nutter (above, center) break ground for SugarHouse casino within earshot of about 50 anti-casino protesters (right).

Back in October, I mentioned in a column that the brand-new Penn Treaty Special Services District had received its first check, for $175,000, from SugarHouse Casino. The money was the first payment to result from the community-benefits agreement that had been negotiated between the casino and neighborhood residents, including Fishtown Action - or FACT - a pro-casino group that supports gambling on the riverfront.

(When all is said and done, the annual payments by SugarHouse to the SSD - which covers Fishtown, Northern Liberties and parts of Kensington - could reach $1.5 million.)

Now it's time to dole out that frst $175,000, reports Hayden Mitman of the Star, in a nice, must-read update. On Wed., Jan. 20 at 6:30pm, five local groups will make pitches for the cash before the seven-member SSD, at a public presentation at Liberties Restaurant and Bar, 2nd St. and Fairmount Ave.

Also, on Sat., Jan. 30, FACT and SugarHouse will host a jobs seminar at Holy Name of Jesus Church, Berks and Gaul Sts., starting at 10:30 a.m. Advance registration is required by contacting or by calling 267-232-2303 and leaving a message.